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Words in Time and Place: Exploring Language Through the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary

By David Crystal

Offers a unique view of the English language and its development, and includes witty commentary and anecdotes along the way.


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The Indo-European Controversy: Facts and Fallacies in Historical Linguistics

By Asya Pereltsvaig and Martin W. Lewis

This book "asserts that the origin and spread of languages must be examined primarily through the time-tested techniques of linguistic analysis, rather than those of evolutionary biology" and "defends traditional practices in historical linguistics while remaining open to new techniques, including computational methods" and "will appeal to readers interested in world history and world geography."


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Title: Second Language Conversations
Edited By: Rod Gardner
Johannes Wagner
Series Title: Advances in Applied Linguistics
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‘This collection is the first to consistently adopt Conversation Analysis as an approach to second language interaction. By examining first and second language speakers’ participation in a wide range of activities, it challenges the dominant view of ‘non-native speakers’ as deficient communicators. Proposing instead to understand second language users’ conversational participation as interactional achievement, the book makes a powerful case for ‘ethnomethodological re-specification’ in second language research.’
Professor Gabriele Kasper, University of Hawai’i

Conversations involving speakers whose first language is not the language in which they are talking have become widespread in the globalized world. Migration, increased travel for business or pleasure, as well as communication through new technologies such as the internet make Second Language Conversations an increasingly common everyday event.

In this book, second language conversations, is used to explore natural, casual talk between speakers in a second language. The contributors shift emphasis away from controlled contexts such as the classroom towards more sociable environments in which people go about their daily routines. English, German, French, Japanese, Finnish and Danish are all analyzed as second languages within a variety of professional, educational and sociable situations.

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (formerly The Continuum International Publishing Group)
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0826469086
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 256
Prices: U.K. £ 75.00